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"I want a better goalscoring return from our midfield players, It's something we have worked on." Coventry City manager Steven Pressley

9 December 2014

City boss wants to see more goals from the centre of the park and believes that tomorrows game at Bristol City is the perfect chance to do just that…

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has admitted his midfield players have not contributed enough goals this season, and has challenged them to improve that record, starting against Bristol City tomorrow night.

Some strong defensive performances have seen the Sky Blues only concede one goal in four games, but Pressley now wants his team to push on attacking wise, with tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Section Semi-Final against Bristol City giving City the chance to do just that.

"We have made good strides in recent weeks," Pressley said. "We are also not far away from being the team that we want to be.

"But we must improve on our goalscoring. We want a better goalscoring return from our midfield players. It is something we have worked hard on to improve and hopefully we will start to see the results of this tomorrow and in the upcoming games.

"A big part of our game is the counter attack. It is about choosing the right time when to counter and having a desire to drive into the box and get on the ball.

"As I said, it is something we have worked hard on and I stress, we need a greater goalscoring return from our midfield players."

Bristol City beat the Sky Blues 3-1 at the Ricoh Arena in October, but City can be buoyed by their performance last season at Ashton Gate, when they recorded an impressive 2-1 win over the Robins.

Pressley also believes that the side is better equipped than when the two teams last met and that the prospect of being three games from Wembley can provide motivation for the players.

He continued: "To be only two rounds from Wembley, that is the motivation. It will be a real challenge against Bristol City, but we are very excited about it.

"We are much better equipped than last time we played them. We are starting to become more resolute defensively and we have only conceded one goal in four games.

"They have two very good strikers in Aaron Wilbraham and Kieran Agard and they have scored around half of their goals from crosses, so they possess a strong arial threat.

"It looks like it will be difficult conditions tomorrow. When we beat them last season at Ashton Gate it was the same kind of conditions, but we can take confidence from last time and we have to stand up to it.

"We have made good strides in recent weeks, we need to add to this momentum and not have any more false dawns."

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